In January of 2009, myself and two friends purchased a 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau coupe for $600. Under the hood, it had a small block 350 V8 engine with a Rochester QuadraJet carburetor. The car ran but didn’t have much power. We were too focused on doing body work to worry about the engine at first.
In the summer of 2011, I decided to take a look at the rebuilding the carburetor. I found a couple of companies that offered rebuild services by mail. The cost seemed to be around $400 dollars – almost as much as we paid for the whole car!
Having ruled that option out, I looked at the cost of buying a Holley or other brand of carburetor. Again, the prices were way out of my range ($280 to $400). There was only one option left: to rebuild it myself.